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[mass noun] Restriction of interest to a narrow sphere; undue concern with local interests or petty distinctions at the expense of general well-being:‘the rise of democracy, capitalism, and sectionalism’[with modifier] ‘this line stressed a national interest rather than anti-gay sectionalism’
- ‘By focusing on urban papers, Ratner and Teeter have not accounted for the creation of sectionalism in the majority of the nation.’
- ‘It is possible that sectionalism as expressed in a general election is in decline in 1990's America.’
- ‘However, there is also a clear indication of the possible ‘historical’ problems with sectionalism and demarcation in the above quote.’
- ‘His essays on sectionalism, published as The Significance of Sections in American History, won the Pulitizer Prize posthumously in 1933.’
- ‘Interest groups, which are associated with sectionalism and the possible exercise of sanctions, appear to be inimical to ideas of reasoned discussion and the general welfare.’
- ‘Concerning sectionalism and the Civil War, no attempt is made to show how the sharpening divide between North and South shaped theological ideas.’
- ‘The initial assumption of this relationship was one of sectionalism although the convenor noted that all of the shop stewards worked together,’
- ‘If sectionalism and secession are freely allowed, on the other hand, the social structure of a minority group will collapse into atomism.’
- ‘There's the nagging sectionalism, the North-South bitterness that still raged a half-century after the Civil War and beyond.’
- ‘But he never finished his ‘big book’ on sectionalism, which is a shame.’
- ‘The media as a torchbearer of the nation should be devoid of negative tribalism and sectionalism.’
- ‘Our criteria for supporting or opposing a particular merger should be how far it helps to overcome sectionalism within a particular industry and strengthen workers' confidence and ability to fight.’
- ‘In addition to this, Gall suggests that care needs to be taken in criticising sectionalism for he claims it can play a positive role in helping to create solidarity.’
- ‘But he fails to acknowledge other cultural and socioeconomic forces at work, including the dramatic effects of industrialism, urbanization, evangelical Christianity, slavery, and sectionalism.’
- ‘Though sectionalism threatened the existence of the Union during its first twenty-five years, New England Federalists proved unable to counter effectively the Republican insurgence in New England.’
- ‘Past animosities and sectionalism were laid aside in favor of fellowship and intellectual stimulation.’
- ‘This is sectionalism - of which the rebellion was the offspring.’
- ‘But from reading the documentation of this history, the impression is not one of fragmented partisanship or sectionalism.’
- ‘Tillman's attempt to redefine sectionalism in Chicago, however, proved disastrous.’
- ‘Only a prince could be captain and stand apart from the competing interests of sectionalism, race, caste, creed and customs.’
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